Passenger numbers climb at Abu Dhabi International

Rise comes as work continues on Midfield Terminal project

The new Midfield Airport Terminal building.
The new Midfield Airport Terminal building.

Abu Dhabi Airports announced today a 19.4% increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first half of 2014 as compared to the first six months of 2013.

The airport’s latest passenger statistics show that in the first half of 2014, a total of 9,481,744 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport, compared with 7,941,922 in the equivalent period in 2013.

The number of aircraft movements rose to 73,862, representing 11.8% growth compared with 65,072 aircraft movements reported in H1 2013.

Cargo activity in the first six months of the year comprised 377,885 tonnes handled at the three terminals, representing a 16% increase when compared to the first half of 2013.

The month of June alone saw 1,667,551 passengers, an increase of 21.4% compared with June 2013 (1,374,076 passengers).

Commenting on the half year traffic report, Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Almost 10mn passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport in the first six months of 2014 and it is reasonable to expect that number to be exceeded in the second half of the year.

"More and more people are choosing Abu Dhabi as a final destination or transit point and this is supported by the increased flight connectivity available at Abu Dhabi International Airport."

The rise comes as work on the airport’s $2.9bn Midfield Airport Terminal continues.

In June, Ali Majed Al Mansouri, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said the project was “absolutely on schedule and on budget”.

The terminal is due to open in June 2017 and will be used by Etihad Airlines and its partner operators.

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